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  • Video: “We’re a different breed. This is Nebraska, baby!”


    Nebraska did a really nice job putting together this look at the new strength program under new head strength and conditioning coach Mark Philipp. Philipp spent last season as an assistant strength coach at USC, and was on the Oregon State strength staff a few seasons before that.

    The clip goes over his philosophy in the weight room, why he loves what he does for a living, and the high regard he has for Nebraska football.

    “We’re a different breed. This is Nebraska, baby.” he tells a group of guys before starting their workout.

    “I think it’s super important to have five different strength coaches to help the kids out because everyone sees things a little different.” Philipp explains a little later in the clip. “We’re all pretty versatile in programming, and Olympic weight lifting.”

    “That’s the fun part of my job. I get to come in and do this and watch these kids grow. There are a lot of things that I look forward to, but I definitely look forward to tomorrow and seeing them again, and training them, and pushing them…that’s what I look forward to.”

  • Video of the Day – The Aggie Youth Experience

    Video of the Day

    Tuesday March 31, 2015

    The Aggie Youth Experience

  • Jim Harbaugh makes his winners run and losers watch

    Jim Harbaugh mic

    Everything about this is totally backward. A good, solid day of work is to be rewarded with a free conditioning period, and a lackluster effort is to be treated with a full set of wind sprints. An especially bad practice is to be followed with perhaps a full extra round of conditioning.

    Not in Jim Harbaugh’s world. To the surprise of no one, he sees things differently.

    The first official practice of the Harbaugh era in Ann Arbor included a competitive drill between the Wolverines’ offense and defense, which the defense won. At the end of the day’s work Harbaugh gathered the team and told the victors to get on the line for conditioning. The losers were told to stand and watch.

    “It didn’t feel good standing there watching,” wide receiver Amara Darboh told the Detroit Free-Press. “You sort of felt guilty almost. We just lost and we’re just standing there watching.”

    In Harbaugh’s word, conditioning is just another chance to improve yourself, a right that hast to be earned. And those that lost the drill got to contemplate what they’ll do next time to win themselves a chance to improve themselves.

    “If you win, you get the chance to get better,” sophomore offensive lineman Mason Cole says. “And then, you get the chance to help yourself.”

    Read the full story here.

  • ESPN insider blasts Search Firm

    Search firm

    Parker Executive Search is one of the leading coaching search firms in the business (although there are plenty including DHR, Carr Sports, Collegiate Sports Associates, Korn Ferry, etc…). The firm claims more than 1,000 basketball coaches and 2,000 football coaches on its hallowed databases, and scores of coaches wishing their names find their way to Parker’s radar.

    Just how firmly a coach has to be on Parker’s radar is up for debate. Those inside Parker’s walls say they simply serve their clients’ wishes, performing due diligence on candidates whom the school is interested in and offering suggests on others they might not yet know they should be interested in.

    “Athletic directors have changed,” Parker executive vice president and managing director Laurie Wilder told ESPN’s Dana O’Neil in 2013. “They’re lawyers or CPAs or MBAs. The way they run their department is very different. The concept of having that list in your pocket and being able to go one, two, three, four down that list just doesn’t exist anymore.”

    (Ms. Wilder, Bill Moos would disagree.)

    “You don’t have to know us to be in our searches. That’s complete baloney,” Parker vice president Daniel Parker said. “We do original research based on the expectation of what the athletic director is looking for. We have searches all the time where we didn’t know much about a coach until we started the process and got to know him.”

    Some on the other side of the table disagree, seeing Parker and its competitors as kingmakers.

    “They get their guys; they ride their guys,” an anonymous agent told ESPN.

    Added Cincinnati head basketball coach Mick Cronin: “If I was a young guy looking for a job, I’d make sure that the people at Parker knew who I was.”

    Now enter Jeff Goodman, ESPN’s basketball insider and a clearinghouse for information during college basketball’s hiring-and-firing season.

    UC Irvine coach Russell Turner turned down a George Mason offer on Sunday.

    DePaul re-hired former coach Dave Leitao over the weekend.

    Rare to see a national reporter such as Goodman sound off on a search firm to this degree.

    Coaches and agents, we’re interested to hear your thoughts on and experiences with search firms. Let us know at

  • Penn State is using Spring ball to recreate, and learn from critical 2014 game situations


    For a handful of years now, the insanely popular Madden video game series has had a mode where you can go back to the previous season, or close games in the previous week, and take over a team to try and recreate the outcome with your own unique spin. Sometimes it’s scoring the go ahead touchdown with Peyton Manning with 37 seconds left and 80-yards in front of you, other times it’s stopping Tom Brady in the red zone with the game on the line.

    Take that last play in the Super Bowl for example, instead of calling a pass play on the one yard line Madden allows you to plug yourself into that exact situation; down 24-28 as Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks with the opportunity just turn around and hand the ball off to Marshawn Lynch instead for the easy winning touchdown to knock off the Patriots (or you could always throw the ball over the middle…your choice). Changing the outcome effectively gives you the feeling that you’ve somehow changed the course of football history – except you really haven’t at all.

    James Franklin and his  staff are doing something similar with their Spring practices at Penn State, taking critical situations from their 2014 season, and replaying them under controlled conditions to learn from the mistakes that were made.

    The most recent practice example came from their game against Illinois, and they recreated the exact situation down to the yard line, time left, and timeouts remaining. Back in the fall, with under four minutes to go, Penn State just needed to run the ball successfully, and get a few first downs to drain the clock. Instead they ended up punting the ball on fourth-and-one, leaving the door open for Illinois to put together a 54-yard, seven-play drive that ended with the Illini kicking a 36-yard field goal to win the game.

    “We’ve gone back and taken all these game situations from last year, and now we’re going to play them out so we can learn from some of the mistakes that we made last year. Now our offense was able to line up and win both those situations in terms of eating up the clock.”

    “It’s one of those things that you’re trying to make it more valuable,” Franklin added when asked if this was an approach he’s always used. “If I get up there and just say ‘four minute situation, three minutes and ten seconds left, two timeouts,’ or just come up with something, but if I could tell them, ‘this is the situation, and this is exactly where we were at last year against Illinois. Offense, you want to end the game on your terms, controlling your own fate, and controlling your own destiny. Defense, we’re trying to get off the field, and give the ball back to the offense.”

    “So you go through the whole thing, and anytime you can point back to a specific example, it carries more weight. Especially when it was a situation that we weren’t successful in.”

    “We may even take a situation from the Super Bowl,” Franklin explained. “It’s just something that I can call out and say ‘here’s the situation from the Super Bowl, here’s the situation from the AFC Championship, here’s the situation from the Big Ten Championship, or something from ourselves, is probably even more relevant.”